Iris Origo Quotes

Iris Origo Quotes: I do not think that one is likely to write a good biography unless one feels some sympathy with its subject ...
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Iris Origo Quote: The biographer's real business - if it is not too arrogant to say so - is simply this: to bring the dead to life.
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Quotes about Iris Origo: whereas in childhood ... it was the parents' judgement that mattered to the child, later on the situation becomes reversed: it is then that the opinions of one's grown-up children become what matters, as well as their kindness.
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Quote about Iris Origo: [On writing biography:] If you wish to see a person you must not start by seeing through him.
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Iris Origo Sayings: while it is certainly the biographer's business to describe the foibles, passions and idiosyncrasies which make his subject a person, his work will be very meagre if these individual traits are not also seen as part of a universal drama - for each man's life is also the story of Everyman.
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Iris Origo Saying: I believe that every life , irrespective of its events and setting, holds something of unique value, which it should be possible to communicate, if only one can first see one's experiences honestly and then set them down without too much dressing-up
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Sayings about Iris Origo: [On writing biography:] ... every human life is at once so complex and so simple, so perplexing and so clear, so superficial and so profound, that any attempt to present it as a unified, consistent whole, to enclose it within a rigid frame, inevitably tempts one to cheat or to falsify.
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